FreeBSD 2.0.5 Release

Paul Shi shihang at
Tue Jan 5 03:03:22 UTC 2010

Thank you guys! At least, I got some idea where I should start. Install
manual has a section "Install from DOS partition" It said that I should copy
the /floppies/ to a new folder in hard disk named /FREEBSD/.

So I have following thoughts and correct me if I am wrong. I do really need
an actual floppy disk. But I could make boot from Floppy Disk the first
priority in boot order and system will find the root.flp in /floppies/ and
start installation.

Am I correct? Or I do need to burn directory /floppies/ into an actual
floppy disk and start installation from there? Thank all of you!

Your sincerely,
Paul Shi
Electronic and Communication Engineering Senior
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Hong Kong

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:

> On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, andrew clarke wrote:
>> I don't think the very early releases available on CD are bootable.
>> Not many PCs in the mid-1990s supported booting from CD.  CD-ROM
>> drives weren't very common and those that did exist often had
>> non-standard interfaces that required special drivers to work - which
>> meant the BIOS couldn't see them to boot from them.
>> To install FreeBSD 2.x, if I recall correctly you need to write the
>> FreeBSD diskette images (in the /floppies/ directory) to diskettes,
>> then boot from the first install diskette, while having the
>> installation CD in the CD drive.  You may need to RTFM a bit to get
>> this working.
> "El Torito" bootable CDs boot from a floppy image on the CD.
> (This is what happened earlier; the CD software used cheaply-licensed
> DR-DOS floppy image to boot and load IDE CD-ROM drivers.  Not quite the
> right thing, but it meant well.)
> So it's possible to create another CD using the original, but adding the
> first FreeBSD floppy as a boot image.  mkisofs has the -b option for this; I
> don't recall details for Nero but seems like I've seen it.
> FreeBSD 2 may not like that configuration.  Still might be easier to try
> than finding a floppy drive.
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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